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Pope John III, Saving Those He Could

John, born Catelinus, was the son of Anastasius, termed “illustris”, meaning that his father was a high ranking Roman Senator. As a young man, he was raised in Rome, seeing first hand all the difficulties of the time, the invasions and the political intrigue. John may have been the same “John” who made collections of extracts of the Greek Father...

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St. Titus of Crete

FEBRUARY 6 is the traditional memorial of ST. TITUS, BISHOP OF CRETE. Titus was a Greek native of Antioch, who was well trained in Greek philosophy and poetry. He was converted by Paul and served as Paul's interpreter and secretary, at first. As time went on, Titus became troubleshooter, peacemaker, administrator and missionary. Paul consecr...

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Isagara Project

If you do not believe in miracles, perhaps this story will convince you. In October of 2016, I met a Catholic seminarian from Uganda. I was at a Catholic seminar in the mountains of New Hampshire where the internet service was awful. The second day there, I received a Facebook friend request from someone I did not know, had no mutual fri...

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Pope Pelagius, Trying to Right Wrongs

The popes of the early Dark Ages had an uphill battle trying to do anything. Pelagius was no exception. Born, most likely, in the late 400s, Pelagius was the son of a noble Roman family. His father, John, was the vicar of one of two civil districts in Italy. Therefore, Pelagius would have been well versed in politics and, probably, law. As a ...

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Pope Virgilius, First Byzantinian Pope

Virgilius, born around 500 AD, was the child of an aristocratic Roman family. His father, Johannes, was an emperor-appointed consul, although only an honorific at that point. His brother, Reparatus, was a senator. And one of the senators taken hostage by King Witigis during the Gothic king’s rampages. Reparatus was able to escape before the Ostr...

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A Russian Evangelist: St. Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Sergius was known as a spiritual leader, a monastic reformer of medieval Russia and one of the most highly venerated saints of Russia. Born May 13, 1314, this man was baptized Bartholomew, after the Apostle Bartholomew. His parents were Kiril and Maria, members of the highest ranking of Russian feudal aristocracies, big land owners. He ...

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POPE AGAPETUS, WHAT TEN MONTHS CAN DO

Pope Agapetus was born in Rome, what date, we do not have. His father was Giordanus, a Roman priest who was killed during the riots that followed the consecration of Pope Symmachus (498-514). Before discussing Agapetus, however, you may like to see some interesting coincidences which possibly show that back then, the papacy was "all in t...

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Pope John II, The First Pope To Change His Name

Little is known about Mercurius, son of Projectus, other than that he was a Roman. And Mercurius is not known to Western culture under his given name. We know him as Pope John II, who took the throne, January 2, 533. Mercurius was a priest at St. Clement's Basilica on the slope of Mons Coelus. This was a rich, fashionable residential area...

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POPE BONIFACE II, THE FIRST GERMANIC POPE

Pope St. Boniface II ruled just about two years, much of it trying to prove that he was the valid pope. Boniface was born probably near Rome, but of Germanic parentage, his father being Sigisbald. This was not unusual since many Ostrogoths had moved there after taking over the throne of Italy. Boniface, himself, was probably born an Ostrogoth...

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POPE FELIX IV, DEFENDER OF GRACE (526-530)

Felix is actually only the third pope of that name, the one known as Felix II being an antipope. A native of Samnium, which is approximqately where the Province of Benevenuto is today in southern Italy, all we know of Felix's early life is that his father's name was Castorius. He may have been the Deacon Felix, whom Pope Hormisdas sent...

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